Farming, Environment and Sustainability Challenge

This Challenge is aimed at mainstream secondary aged pupils and the final is held each year in June. The previous September a launch meeting is held at the showground where schools can discuss their ideas before being linked with an appropriate business to work on a challenge over two terms with an outcome which will benefit the business. At the Final in the Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, teams of up to 6 students set up a display of evidence and the judges, (Chairman and President of the Society with the General Manager and Chair of the Education committee), will informally talk to the students about their challenge. After a buffet lunch the teams give a formal presentation of up to 10 minutes. After deliberation trophies and prize monies of £200 and £100 are awarded to the winner and runner up and each participating school receives £100 towards their costs. The schools winning trophies are invited to attend a presentation on the Sunday morning of the County Show in the President’s enclosure. In 2016 the winner of the challenge was Kennet School who worked with The English Provender Company on designing some summer chutneys. The runners up were The Downs School who spoke passionately about making jams from hedgerow fruits as a way of preserving endangered hedgerows.